ATEX Directive Explained
Eurofins York (formerly York EMC Services) is part of a global network of Eurofins electrical and electronic product testing laboratories. We are therefore able to offer a wide range of services in addition to those carried out at our Eurofins York laboratories through a single point of contact, of which ATEX testing is one.
The aim of this one day training course is to provide an overview of how to place equipment on the market which will be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
A potentially explosive atmosphere exists when a mixture of air gases, vapors, mists, or dusts combine in a way that can ignite under certain operating conditions. Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres cover a range of products, including those used on fixed offshore platforms, petrochemical plants, mines, and flour mills, amongst others.
When placing such equipment on the market it must comply with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU for Europe, and to gain access to the global market the IECEx certification system exists.
European ATEX: The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The Directive defines the essential health and safety requirements and conformity assessment procedures which must be applied before products are placed on the European market. Aligned with the New Legislative Framework, 2014/34/EU has been in force since 20th April 2016, replacing the old ATEX Directive 94/9/EC.
IECEx certification scheme: The objective of the IECEx System is to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety.
Bookings for this course can be made up to 7 days prior to the course start date. For bookings made closer to the start date, please call us for availability.
Course Presenters | ATEX specialists Juerg Rellstab (Eurofins Electrosuisse) and Dionisio Bucchieri (Eurofins Product Testing Italy).
CPD hours | Six
What is it about?
This course provides an overview of how to place equipment on the market which will be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
Subject areas covered include
- How the ATEX Directives 2014/34/EU brings the Directive into line with the New Legislative framework (NLF)
- Obligations on importers and distributors of products used in explosive atmospheres when complying with 2014/34/EU
- Scope of the ATEX directive and conformity assessment procedures involving a Notified Body
- Explosion protection principles and the physics which underpins it
- Different zones, categories of equipment and gas/dust groups, temperature classes
- Electrical and non-electrical equipment, component, assemblies
- Applicable standards and type of protection
- IECEx system – a step for the worldwide market access
- Reducing testing and certification costs to the manufacturer
- Reducing time to market
- Increasing international confidence in the product assessment process
- Ensuring the requirement for only one international database listing
- Maintaining international confidence in equipment and services covered by IECEx Certification
Who should attend?
This course will be useful for anyone involved in European and wider global market access of products used in potentially hazardous locations including
- Mechanical and electrical design engineers
- Compliance and approval managers
- Product managers with responsibly for certification and market access
What will I achieve?
- An understanding of explosion protection principles
- What design considerations are required for electrical equipment explosion protection
- Certification procedures for equipment in-scope with the ATEX directive
- An understanding of the key factors involved in achieving compliance with the ATEX directive 2014/34/EU
- An understanding of the IECEx certification scheme
By attending this one day course you will gain an understanding of
- How to place equipment which will be used in a potentially explosive atmosphere on European and Global markets
- The requirements of the new ATEX directive 2014/34/EU including the impact on importers and distributors
- Explosion protection principles, going back to the physics which underpin them
- The types of explosive protection which can be used for electrical equipment and IEC Standards which apply to them
- The IECEx conformity assessment procedures and solutions for global market access
This course counts as six continuing professional development (CPD) hours* for chartered engineers or those working towards chartered status.
Notes to delegates after booking
- If you have any specific questions you would like to be addressed on the day please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org for forwarding to the course presenters
- There is an opportunity for a 1:1 meeting with one of our ATEX specialists. If you would like a 1:1 early booking is advisable by e-mailing email@example.com
*Please note that the IET requirement is now 30 hours per year and can be monitored.